Some women are finding Robin Thicke's hit song "Blurred Lines" creepy and offensive, but others don't see a problem.
Robin Thicke's latest hit might be this summer's top tune, but lately it's also being tagged as "rapey" by some women who say its lyrics make them uncomfortable.
"Blurred Lines" has made No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, and the video for the song has shot to the top of iTunes since being released in March. The video briefly appeared on YouTube before being replaced by a censored version because of the amount of nudity.
Both versions of the video show Thicke cavorting with long-legged models — sometimes behind a big, bold #Thicke hashtag, which has become a social media fixture in itself — and singing lyrics such as "Good girl, I know you want it."
Lisa Huynh, who writes the blog Feminist in LA, was one of the first to point out that she found the lyrics offensive, asking: "Has anybody heard Robin Thicke's new rape song?"
"Basically, the majority of the song (creepily named 'Blurred Lines') has the R&B singer murmuring 'I know you want it' over and over into a girl's ear," Huynh wrote. "Call me a cynic, but that phrase does not exactly encompass the notion of consent in sexual activity. … Seriously, this song is disgusting — though admittedly very catchy."
Huynh told MSN News that her blog post on Thicke had received mixed comments from both men and women. "A lot of people think it's a double standard to say that 'Blurred Lines' is a rape song when there are other songs sung by artists like Rihanna and Beyoncé that arguably objectify women too," she said. "... At the end of the day, I'll be the first to admit that if his song is going to play on the radio, I won't turn it off. But I acknowledge that it is sexist, degrading and objectifies women. That's all I really want: for people to be aware."
Tricia Romano of the Daily Beast, in a story headlined "'Blurred Lines,' Robin Thicke's Summer Anthem, Is Kind of Rapey," wrote on Monday:
"The subject itself is enough to make some female music fans uncomfortable. The song is about how a girl wants crazy wild sex but doesn't say it — positing that age-old problem where men think no means yes into a catchy, hummable song."
Yet another critic, Canadian model Amy Davidson, said in a YouTube review: "Robin Thicke offends women by using models as objects in his new song Blurred Lines. ... It doesn't jibe with me."
But others, such as Frannie Kelly, an editor at NPR Music, was quoted by the Daily Beast as saying, "Lyrically, it's problematic, but I feel like so many pop songs right now are problematic."
Thicke responded to the criticism last month in a GQ interview:
"People say, 'Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?' I'm like, 'Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I've never gotten to do that before. I've always respected women.' So we just wanted to turn it over on its head and make people go, 'Women and their bodies are beautiful. Men are always gonna want to follow them around.'"
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